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article imageFamily of the 'Colorado shooter' to stand by their son

By Anne Sewell     Jul 24, 2012 in Crime
Aurora - Lisa Damiani, lawyer for James Eagan Holmes, said at a press conference yesterday that his family support their son, suspected of killing 12 people and wounding 58 more.
Asked by a reporter outside the courtroom, after the initial hearing in the Colorado shooting case, whether the family were supporting their son, Damiani said, "Yes they do. He's their son."
She further said that the family was holding up "as well as anyone could under the circumstances." She said the family's hearts go out to the victims and their families.
"I think everyone can imagine how they're feeling," Damiani said, "anyone who's ever been a parent."
Damiani stated that the family has received comfort from their local church. “It’s amazing how much support they’re getting from their church.”
While Damiani would not comment on the family's whereabouts, or their ongoing relationship with Holmes, she said that the family had spoken to investigators from California. However, she said that they have not been contacted by Colorado police.
"No one from the Aurora Police Department has contacted us, or asked for assistance," said Damiani.
Holmes' mother, Arlene Holmes wishes to clarify a statement she made to ABC News immediately after the shooting. ABC News phoned her at 5 a.m. PST at her San Diego, California home, and asked her about the shooting. Arlene Holmes said in a statement read by her lawyer today:
"I did not know anything about a shooting in Aurora at that time. He [Mosk] asked if I was Arlene Holmes and if my son was James Holmes, who lives in Aurora, Colorado. I answered yes, you have the right person. I was referring to myself. I asked him to tell me why he was calling and he told me about a shooting in Aurora. He asked for a comment. I told him I could not comment because I did not know if the person he was talking about was my son and I would need to find out."
She wished to stress the fact that when she said "yes, you have the right person," she was referring to herself, as his mother, and was not stating that her son was, indeed, the shooter.
According to the reporter, Mosk, he had phoned Arlene Holmes, to inform her that a man, believed to be her son, had been arrested in Aurora, and he wished to confirm their relationship.
"You have the right person," was her response, he said. "I need to call the police. I need to fly to Colorado."
Mosk said that the women on the phone said, "You have to tell me what happened… You have to tell me what happened."
Holmes is expected to be formally charged next Monday. He is currently being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations, and has been assigned a public defender.
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